This week in Winning Post

Several cities will be sweltering this Saturday but autumn isn't too far away, as Caulfield hosts the first of the official lead-ups to Melbourne's biggest two-year-old race.

Unbeaten colt Ollivander, representing the in-form combination of Ellerton Zahra Racing and jockey Chris Symons, will be among those contesting the males' division of the Blue Diamond Previews.

The night before, a field of classy summer sprinters will go around in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Tony Kneebone's best over the Australia Day long weekend will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley night meeting plus Mornington and Warwick Farm during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Australia Day's eight other TAB meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Ascot in Perth, plus there's a Saturday night meeting at Cranbourne.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

Winning Post costs $5 and is available Thursday afternoon in selected Melbourne newsagents, the crack of dawn Friday elsewhere.

... More

Inside Winning Post January 27 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Mornington, Warwick Farm
Caulfield, Rosehill, Morphettville, Sunshine Coast, Ascot, Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Geelong, Great Western, Wyong, Hobart
Should money won in restricted entry races (eg Magic Millions, Everest) be included in Leading Sires tables?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Royal Randwick Saturday - R4 N5 Medaille 6th
Flemington Saturday - R5 N6 Krusty 7th
Letter of the Week

A bit rich

I’m finding it hard to reconcile the fact that Snitzel, the sire of Everest winner Redzel, is allowed to have the prizemoney from the race added to his tally in the Sires’ Championship (table).
Surely The Everest, like the Magic Millions and the Inglis races, must be classed as a restricted race as entry is retricted to horses owned or borrowed by the selective group of rich people who provided the sweepstake for the race by purchasing a place in the race.
As a result, the Everest is restricted to only the 12 horses these people choose and therefore is not a race open to all.
Indeed, it is more of a glorified Match Race, although we usually think of match races as being races between two horses, where a group of rich people have paid a large amount to participate and where the winner takes the majority of the stakes.


Tom Brown
Bogan Gate
Today's Racing
Monday 22 January
Tuesday 23 January
Wednesday 24 January
Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: